Cycling will become more accessible for Londoners this year, with construction set to begin on Cycle Superhighway 4 during the summer.
Situated in south east London, Cycle Superhighway 4 will play a key role in the Vision Zero commitment; through this plan, strategies are put in place to achieve the ambition of eliminating serious death and injuries from London’s roads by 2041.
Transport for London (TfL) talk about collisions rather than accidents, because there is a believe that all injuries caused because of road incidents are eminently avoidable; the Mayor of London and TfL say that, by making cycling accessible to Londoners through the major segregated cycle route, Cycle Superhighway 4 will reduce dangers to these vulnerable road users.
Construction will begin on the 4km cycle track subject to approvals.
Approval ratings for the new route were high according to a consultation in which more than 3,000 people responded.
Respondents said cycling would become safer and more appealing, with 83% in favour of the route.
Ben Plowden is the Surface Transport Director of Strategy and Network Development at TfL.
He said: “This major new route will make a real difference to the ever growing numbers of southeast Londoners who are choosing to walk and cycle.
“It will encourage many more people to get on their bikes and make it significantly safer and easier to walk along and across the route.
“Making sure that all Londoners have access to high quality cycling and walking infrastructure is a vital part of our plans to create a safer, healthier and less polluted London for everyone.”
Respondents to the consultation also spoke about the environmental benefits that the cycle route will have, suggesting that it will reduce air and noise pollution along the route.
This is a key aim for the Mayor and TfL, both of whom want to reduce the level of toxic air in London.
A further consultation will be carried out on proposals for the Lower Road section this spring. If the outcome is positive, construction will start on this section next year.